Peter Barakan

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Peter Barakan
Born (1951-08-20)August 20, 1951
London, United Kingdom
Occupation Broadcaster, author, music critic
Subject Music, Japanese culture

Peter Barakan is a Japanese-British DJ and broadcaster, the host of "Barakan Beat" on InterFM.[1][2] He also hosts the series Begin Japanology and Japanology Plus on NHK World, which introduces various aspects of Japanese culture.[3]


Peter Barakan was born and raised in London by a Jewish father of Polish ancestry and an Anglo-Burmese mother. After attending SOAS, University of London, Barakan entered the music industry as a clerk, and in 1974 moved to Japan to continue his career. He wrote lyrics and handled international marketing for the Japanese band Yellow Magic Orchestra.[1] His younger brother is musician Shane Fontayne.[citation needed]

He hosted the TBS program CBS Document beginning in October 1988,[1] a Japanese edition of 60 Minutes.[4] He hosted the 3-hour Barakan Morning on InterFM radio as late as 2011.[5][6] During the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, Barakan was prevented from playing a nuclear protest song, because it could "'create fuhyo higai, which means 'damage from rumors.'"[7] In 2012, Barakan led a U.N. sponsored multi-city mayoral panel discussion on community rebuilding following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[8]


  1. ^ a b c Matsutani, Minoru (2012-02-17). "Job taken on a whim leads to 35 years in Tokyo". The Japan Times Online. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  2. ^ "Barakan Beat". Retrieved 2012-09-09.
  3. ^ "BEGIN Japanology". NHK World TV. 2012-09-07. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  4. ^ Betros, Chris (Issue 528). "IN PERSON - Voice of reason". Metropolis Tokyo. Retrieved 2012-09-09.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ "Barakan Morning". InterFM 76.1 FM. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. 
  6. ^ "Are You Ready to Stage a Media Coup?". Media Techtonics. August 13, 2010.
  7. ^ Grunebaum, Dan (2011-07-01). "Japan's new wave of protest songs ; YouTube is the medium when artists speak out against nuclear power". International Herald Tribune (HighBeam Research). Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  8. ^ "City Leaders discuss Tohoku's future after tsunami". U.N. International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat (UNISDR) (HighBeam Research). States News Service. May 24, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 

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